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Book Title: Leading Change that Matters - Making Adoption a Reality
Leading Change That Matters
Authors: Dr Nancy Harkrider and Tan Kim Leng

Book Details:
Leading Change That Matters is for leaders who have the courage to change. It delivers on promises to show you how to step into the winner’s circle by leading a critical transformation in your organization.

This book is strategic, practical, tested and customizable. The Adaptive Path Framework and Change Facilitation Model makes people-centric adoption not just possible, but highly attainable.

It is no accident that our approach is well positioned to deal effectively with whatever the future tosses your way by guiding the process of building “change muscles” on a day-to-day, moment-by-moment basis.

This book is different:
• It is framed in stories of successful change implementation
• It will make you think about the “long view”
• It will make you and those you empower truly effective leaders
• It will equip you with process oriented, people centered strategies
• Everyone involved will learn to “lead from the front

Leading Change That Matters acknowledges the difficulty inherent in effective change leadership and in finding a path that is sustainable for the organization, its leaders and the employees.

Change Management is ultimately about getting results. The Adaptive Path Framework outlined in this these pages prepares you and your staff to learn to navigate chaotic, unplanned change even as you embark on a high stakes planned shift in how your organization operates.

Leading Change That Matters, Making Adoption a Reality is based on an effective change implementation model that has been tested and proven in two decades of client engagements in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and most recently in the Americas. It has been successful because it puts people at the heart of making the desired transition and develops skills they will carry with them to lead future change.

This body of knowledge on change is led by two working experts in the field. They know how to facilitate and when to intervene so that your emerging skills support you in leading change that gets the right things accomplished.

You will learn powerful strategies to:
• Assess and map readiness
• Overcome resistance to change
• Create awareness and cultivate acceptance
• Make adoption sustainable

Sustainable change happens as you convert stakeholders from uncommitted to active adopters. The foundation of the author’s philosophy is that you win through winning the hearts and minds of your people. They will, in turn, embrace future change and “lead from the front.”
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Book Title: Lideres Del Cambio Que Importa
Lideres Del Cambio Que Importa
Authors: Dr Nancy Harkrider, Tan Kim Leng and Rosa Mollo

Book Details:
Nelson Mandela observed that if you speak to people in an adopted language they will understand intellectually. If you communicate in their own language the message is embedded in their hearts.

Our Spanish colleague Rosa Mollo agrees with Mandela. She volunteered to adapt our original book because she believes that delivering it in Spanish will speak powerfully to her culture. Now that Rosa’s skillful adaptation is in our hands we are eager to share it with Spanish readers. 

Our global team has similar requests from clients in China, Vietnam and Africa. KDi-Americas CEO, Dr. Nancy Harkrider points out that “we can only hope we are able to find other professionals like Rosa who embrace our philosophy and have the skills to edit powerful adaptations that reach wider audiences with the powerful message of Lideres Del Cambio Que Importa.”.

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Book Title: Managing Project Risk
Managing Project Risk
Author: Harold Ainsworth

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Managing Project Risk is designed to assist senior managers who exercise project oversight of project investments.  By understanding risk management practices, they can ensure project investments are value driven to achieve the planned results. 
 
Risk management is not about avoiding risk but rather about fully understanding its nature and planning appropriate responses so that the organization can undertake and effectively manage challenging ventures in order to realize benefits from those projects. 
 
Managing project risk needs to operate well not only at the project or program level, but also in Governance forums where key decisions are required about risk management practices to support Project Managers and their teams. 
 
The book fully explores traditional risk management including a basic quantitative approach. The author emphasizes certain types of risks that are not amenable to standardized approaches. These require greater levels of dialogue and collaboration among senior management to develop a suitable risk management plan. 
 
The benefits and limitations of risk management are covered along with suggestions for how organizations can move beyond a “tick the box” approach to a more considered, collaborative and mature level of risk management for project investments.

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Book Title: Facilitating Change
Facilitating Change
Author: Anjena Seewooruthun

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If you are a Change Facilitator, officially or unofficially, this thin book will inspire you and offer practical tools for becoming a pivotal team member in managing change. 
 
The author shares the vision, the strategies and the tools for successful facilitation.
 
If you are a sponsor, a project manager or a middle manager engaged in complicated initiatives, you will also want to read this book because it will convince you that the Change Facilitator is a crucial link to project and program success.
 
You will discover how change facilitation is an essential business value.   Public and private sectors struggle from significant project failures that are on time, within budget and scope because it is not used by people in the organization or does not perform the functions the organization needs. Successful initiatives are those that bring sustainable organizational change.
 
You can benefit by using the relationship approach recommended by the author in any type of change initiative. While the idea of a relationship with each groups of stakeholders seems simple enough, the challenge comes in building those relationships with major stakeholders who have distinctly different world views, levels of influence and power. Change facilitators must be able to deal with diverse relationships without wavering from their integrity and the job they have been hired to do. 
 
The author personifies the key attributes of a skilled Change Facilitator. She believes in, and demonstrates in this book, how the way people experience the change journey matters enormously. Refined and strong navigation skills within the framework of the relationship model need to be the mantra for every effective Change Facilitator.
 
Learn how you can utilize this powerful relationship model. As the author points, out, navigation skills within the framework of the relationship model are what you can rely on to facilitate change that matters. 
 
The overarching objective of change facilitation is to bring alignment to the project vision, consistent enthusiasm for project implementation and adoption of new practices. By building relationships of trust with the project manager, sponsor and middle management, the change facilitator can navigate steadily and fluidly to bridge gaps in alignment and communication. The facilitator is then better able to lobby, influence and positively influence transition during the change journey.
 
To facilitate change is to enable people living the change by understanding it, accepting and adopting it. A successful change facilitator puts people at the center of the change by focusing on how changes to systems, processes and technology impact people. This is done through the creation and implementation of a change management strategy and plan which seeks to maximize people’s engagement and minimize people’s resistance to enable a smooth transition.  

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Book Title: Initiating Governance
Initiating Governance
Author: Harold Ainsworth

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Initiating governance is designed to assist senior managers exercise effective governance of project and program investments in order to deliver their planned business value. It distinguishes between the focus of Governance at each of the levels of project investment, the organisation portfolio, programs that coordinate related projects to deliver business value, and the projects which deliver the necessary outputs. Also governance needs to occur across the whole lifecycle from the initial decision to invest through to the final evaluation of whether the investment value was achieved or not.
 
Project investment governance needs to move beyond the traditional delivery focus to ensuring the best value for the organization as a whole, which will involve resolving tensions between various parts of the organisation about priorities and resourcing while ensuring effective collaboration to achieve the planned business value. This is challenging in organizations where each department or division are performance managed on achieving their individual rather than organizational objectives. 
 
The book aims to also help managers better understand the really critical issues they need to look for and address in order to be fully effective in their Governance role.

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Book Title: Advancing Program Management
Advancing Program Management
Author: Harold Ainsworth

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Advancing Program Management is designed to assist managers to put in place the essential elements of a Program Management approach that will ensure their project investments deliver the planned business value. This will include appropriate Governance, selecting Program Managers with the applicable skills, and a suitable Program Framework that include a fit for purpose life-cycle with useful tools and techniques that focus on value delivery. 
 
Program Management involves moving beyond the delivery focus of project management and effectively coordinating the related projects required to deliver business outcomes. This approach will ensure that both the necessary business change is planned and managed, and the resulting business outcomes and benefits are also planned and achieved for all of the projects in the program. 
 
Program Management moves beyond the decomposition mindset to a systems approach that understands the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, and that the successful program manager is not a micromanager of project managers but a person who understands the whole picture and how deliverables, intermediate and final outcomes combine to produce business value. It deals with the inherent messiness of the organizations in which we operate and seek to achieve beneficial results.
 

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